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Online Novel Writing Master Class

Online Writing Classes in Short Fiction and Novel Writing, for Experienced and Beginning Writers

How to Organize Your Novel Ideas and Research

Scrivener, Moleskine, Word, & other tools of the novelist's trade Cofession: my notebooks aren't quite pristine. There are coffee spills, crumpled pages, and peeling labels. That's okay. Great ideas aren't always neat and tidy. Eugen Ruge has this to say about notebooks in his wonderful...

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How to write when you don't feel inspired

One of the main concerns I hear from writers, especially those working on their first novel is, “I don’t like what I’m writing. It doesn’t sound the way I want it to.” That’s normal. Even with seven books under my belt (plus a couple of novels and many short stories that never saw the light of...

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Write your novel in 2019!

So you want to write a novel, but you don’t know how to get started. Or maybe you’ve tried writing a novel in the past and haven’t finished. In Novel in Nine, you will write a complete draft of a novel in eight months and devote the ninth month to revision. Instead of a burst of activity...

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Writing Great Characters - a One-Week Crash Course for Fiction Writers

Although Einstein famously said that "time is an illusion," we all know how difficult it can be to find the time to write and improve your craft. In fact, more than a third of you who answered 4 Quick Questions About Your Writing Life told me that the greatest challenge you...

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Twelve Scenes You Should Cut from Your Novel

Your job as a novelist is to entertain your readers. Enlighten them, sure. Wow them with beautiful sentences, yes. Give them something to think about, someone to relate to, a new way of seeing an old thing: absolutely. But job number one is to entertain. You have to give them a good story. Here...

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Books to Help You Write Great Sentences

Student questions often help me to identify topics for new lectures and blog posts. That’s exactly what happened with this terrific, practical question that I received yesterday from a student in my Novel Writing Master Class Series. In Lesson 11: On Endings & on Making Progress, I...

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Three Simple Steps to Help You Start Your Novel

For many aspiring writers, the most daunting part of writing a novel is simply getting started. Feeling like you have to know everything before you begin can be paralyzing. Trust me, you don't have to know everything. You don't have to have a great outline or a perfect one-sentence premise or a...

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Online Short Story Writing Course: Master the Short Story

Do you want to write fiction? Then you need to learn the fundamentals of narrative craft. To write a great story, you need to understand characterization, dialogue, plot, structure, point of view, and more. My online writing class, MASTER THE SHORT STORY: Fundamentals of Fiction Writing, will...

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The Novel Writing Master Class Series

I'm excited to announce that the Novel Writing Master Class Series is now open for enrollment. Watch the video introduction to the course. About the Novel Writing Master Class Series Do you want to write a novel? Do you have a story you want to tell, but you don't know where to begin? Do you...

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Great Books for Writers: Bleaker House by Nell Stevens

If you were given the chance to live and write anywhere in the world for three months, where would you go? And what impact would the experience have on your writing? That is the question Nell Stevens answers in Bleaker House: Chasing My Novel to the End of the World. Memoir by its very nature...

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